Did an ESPN reporter violate HIPAA? The case of the NFL player Jason Pierre-Paul's amputated finger

HIPAA is designed to protect patients' health information, but what happens when that patient is a star NFL player?

Jason Pierre-Paul, a New York Giants' defensive end, had one of his fingers amputated due to a fireworks mishap, and ESPN's Adam Schefter posted a photo of the patient's medical record, according to a Forbes report.

The initial story broke when a hospital employee shared the news with a friend; eventually the story found its way to Twitter. The media is not held to HIPAA, but Mr. Pierre-Paul may be able to file a lawsuit against the hospital, according to the report.

Mr. Pierre-Paul's representatives and the Giants have yet to release a statement.

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